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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
About Worcester Polytechnic Institute...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Website
From Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a global leader in project-based learning and one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. As a research university centered on engineering, science, technology, and mathematics, WPI’s distinctive curriculum offers students opportunities to work closely with faculty and convert classroom concepts to real-world impact.

Students call WPI's project-based learning approach "life-changing" and say it prepares them for success in their careers and lives. The university’s high-caliber, rigorous curriculum lets students solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. They see how their work makes a direct and often immediate difference in local, national, and even global communities.

WPI's graduates receive some of the highest starting salaries of their peers, attend prestigious graduate schools, and ascend to leadership roles and high-income brackets over their lives.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
48%
SAT Range
1310-1480
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$43,027/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,515/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Interactive Media & Game Design at WPI

In WPI’s IMGD program, one of the earliest gaming programs in the nation, faculty and students push the boundaries of new worlds of emerging media, from mobile gaming to intelligent tutoring. Students blend the artistic and technical aspects of game development and interactive media to create games and interactive environments.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,301Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
134
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Academic
    31%
  • Smart
    28%
  • Hardworking
    14%
  • Stressed
    10%
  • Male
    7%
  • Respectful
    7%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.63 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Fast paced
    58%
  • Fast-paced
    14%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Different
    8%
  • You acquire experience on numerous projects
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $84,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    89%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    95%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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    Very rigorous curriculum, so keep up! Professors vary from understanding, to following everything to the book. A lot of self-teaching, but resources are available. There are tons of resources and opportunities at this school which makes you a desirable candidate for future employers. Take advantage of the different societies that are on campus, and the research opportunities on campus. And scholarships. Because they are there. Also, do not get caught up in the culture of comparison, focus on yourself, goals, and progress (and help others too) and you will succeed. Campus food, tuition, and housing are rising as WPI continue to expand and accepting more students while club funding is decreasing. On campus housing isn't guaranteed so live off campus when possible. College city, easy to get around on foot.
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    Much of information/reviews on this site can be misleading, seeing as so many HS seniors rely on sites like this to choose a college I figured I'd try to give some of them the perspective that I wish I had when I was in their shoes. I want to start off by emphasizing that if money is tight/you are planning on taking out loans to attend WPI, DO NOT GO HERE! The school is another private institution that forgot what it once was in favor of rapid growth and price hikes. After 3 years here I can't begin to understand how they justify the price they charge for the education they provide. Academics are adequate but don't be fooled by the admission packets and marketing material on their website. State schools that cost 1/4 of the price have comparable curriculum. There's nothing special about the "WPI Plan" and the "Project based" curriculum. The governance of this school is more than willing to let quality of instruction take a backseat as they work on growing their business.
    WPI will make you extremely employable. There are a lot of extremely nice people who attend. The traveling abroad programs are fantastic. Off campus housing is cheap. There are a lot of extremely hardworking smart students here.

    WPI is also filled with a lot of kids from very rural areas who have little or no desire to branch out of their own bubble. It is one of the least politically active campuses on the face of this Earth. Most of the students don’t keep up to date on current events. It is very possible to graduate WPI without knowing how to write or communicate, despite the multiple projects that require extensive writing.

    Most men at WPI are either nerdy or fratty and most women are either nerdy, or sorority. The sense of creativity is lacking, but I don’t think the general population really cares. The 7 week terms also make it extremely difficult to retain information. You will consistently be cramming regardless of whether or not you tend to procrastinate.